“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” — Mark Twain
Enroute to Bear Mountain in Langford and needing some sustenance, we spotted the Axe & Barrel.
Newly established, with a new menu, this is the Westshore’s first craft brewery.
The interior space feels homey and immediately comfortable.
In addition to its beer menu, the Axe & Barrel offers a menu that highlights its barbecue angle.
We asked about the most popular items on their menu, and the immediate response was the seafood chowder soup. My husband is somewhat of a connoisseur of seafood chowders, so he immediately chose a cup of that option.
The soup base is a creamy broth (not at all flour-y), and tasty on its own.
The chowder was loaded with seafood including prawns and garnished with two mussels.
A cornbread mini-loaf accompanied the chowder.
Verdict? My husband said it’s the best chowder he’s had on the Island!
Hefty endorsement, for sure!
We shared a plank of nachos that are totally different than the usual pub fare.
These came totally smothered in toppings, including tender pulled pork, halved grape tomatoes, sweet and savoury carmelized onions, and house baked beans –plus the usual cheese.
We added salsa verde made from green tomatillos, which accompanied the flavors perfectly. A most tasty and satisfying appetizer that actually served as a meal!
No question — we’ll be back!
Axe & Barrel Brewing Co.
2323 Millstream Rd.
Sun – Sat 11 am – midnight